Victorian Women Writers and the Classics by Isobel Hurst
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Victorian Women Writers and the Classics
By Isobel Hurst

Victorian Women Writers and the Classics

The Feminine of Homer

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Victorian Women Writers and the Classics by Isobel Hurst

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Isobel Hurst examines the role of women writers in the Victorian reception of ancient Greece and Rome, showing that they had a greater imaginative engagement with classical literature than has previously been acknowledged. The restrictions which applied to women's access to classical learning liberated them from the repressive and sometimes alienating effects of a traditional classical education. Women writers' reworkings of classical texts serve a variety of purposes: to validate women's claims to authorship, to demand access to education, to highlight feminist issues through the heroines of ancient tragedy, to repudiate the warrior ethos of ancient epic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199541676
ISBN-10: 0199541671
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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An exploration of the role of women writers in the Victorian reception of ancient Greece and Rome. The restrictions which applied to women's learning liberated them from the dullness of a traditional classical education, allowing them to respond imaginatively to classical texts using modern forms such as the novel.

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Author Biography - Isobel Hurst

Isobel Hurst is a Lecturer in English and Classics at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick.

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